Pep Guardiola Closing In On £40m Deal For Tottenham Kyle Walker
Kyle Walker is one of Pep Guardiola’s top targets this summer
Starsport can reveal Etihad bosses are confident of completing a move for Walker once England’s games with Scotland and France have taken place.
Pep Guardiola made Walker one of his main targets six months ago and wants the deal done before the end of this month with signing a right-back a priority for the Spaniard.
The England international, 27, moved to White Hart Lane from Sheffield United in 2009 for £9m and has gone on to become first choice for club and country.
Walker, who has won 25 caps, is currently with Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad preparing for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Glasgow.
He is a target of a number of clubs, but it is understood he has chosen to join City so he can be closer to his family, who still live in Sheffield.
Talks between the clubs have taken place, with City willing to meet the asking price of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Levy is reluctant to lose Walker but does not view him as irreplaceable like prize assets Dele Alli and Harry Kane.
Etihad bosses will hand Walker a long-term deal worth around £100,000-a-week that will see him double his wages.
Guardiola handed his list of targets to chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak before the end of the season.
The Spaniard is determined to waste no time in signing them and wants all of his targets in place before he takes his squad to America for their pre-season tour in early July.
City face Spurs in Nashville on July 29 and Guardiola has no intention of waiting until then to land Walker.
Guardiola has already spent almost £80m on Monaco’s Bernardo Silva and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson.
And that figure is set to smash through the £250m barrier this summer with Guardiola also expected to sign Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal and Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy.